Hanging Chain Boulderfield First Ascents

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  1. Hey everybody! Please post any new first ascents you get out at the Hanging Chain Boulderfield here. We did around 120+ new problems this past Spring out there. None of those problems will be posted here because they will be featured in the new guidebook coming out in a while. Be sure to click on the slideshow in this blog for a bunch of new photos exclusively from the Hanging Chain Boulderfield.

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  2. Chris...as to our prior discussion about the hanging chain boulders, the problems in the photos that Rich and climbed over the winter of 2008/2009 are as follows. We named nothing out there, just cleaned what little need to be cleaned and climbed them. Problems we climbed:
    Mad scientist
    Picture #5 Ben newton on a project : maybe V6 might break.
    The Customers always Right
    Main Street Hand cracks. We referred to the whole area as "the school room"
    Take me to the moon Alice: We called this the tower of Terror
    Climbed the highball Arete just to the right of take me to the moon
    Butch Seamstress: Started it as low as possible.

    Hope that helps! See you out there soon.

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  3. Thanks for the post, Matt. All of those photos and names were made before we met downtown that evening. Do you want to name any of them, or just go with what we have already? Of course you get to choose. Those are some good problems. Picture #5 (Ben Newton on Project) did break... it might be easier now b/c there is good flat edge to go to now :) I will be working on the 2nd edition of the guide this season and will need all problem, grade, and name info by the end of this season. If you want anything changed, just drop me a line. Thanks for the help! God Bless, Chris

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  4. Directions and information about the Hanging Chain Boulderfield -

    Once at the Patio Roof, continue hiking West along the Hanging Chain Wall (roped climbing) trail. This trail starts off pretty good and obvious, but then quickly gets overrun by downed trees. Step over and duck under the trees and keep hiking West. Do not go uphill or downhill. Stay on the flat area. After about 4-5 minutes from the Patio Roof, you will come to 3 cool boulders. These have all been climbed 10+ years ago. They are pretty cool, especially the backside of the left one (Southernmost boulder).

    Keep hiking West for about 5 more minutes. Here the trail improves. Cross over a shallow creekbed and view 2 boulders to the right. The left one is called the Slash Boulder and problems have been done. The right one has not been climbed to my knowledge, but it is good looking.

    At this point, the Hanging Chain Wall trail cuts directly North (right) and heads straight up the steep hill, just to the left of the Slash Boulder. For the main Hanging Chain Boulderfield, continue straight (West) on the well worn and wide path. Head uphill and once over the rise, the boulderfield is in plain view!!!

    This is the beginning of the area, and we are calling it The Library. All problems have been done here already. They range from V0 to V6. The Classic, Butch Seamstress, V6 is in this area. For the other areas and boulderfields, continue through and to the left (downhill side) of The Library area. After 1-2 minutes, you will be at The Laboratory. All problems have been done here except some hard projects. The classic, Scientific Method, V7 (cover photo on the blog) is in this area.

    We have developed several boulder beyond The Laboratory, but from here on out (West) most of the boulders (40+) have not been touched! Go get em'!!!

    See you all out there and happy FA's!

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  5. Adam Johnson and myself headed out there last Friday and sent a lot of the routes that you have pictures of...good stuff! Those fins (Scarlet Letter, Grapes of Wrath & Robinson Crusoe) were a ton of fun! About the only thing we did that wasn’t in the slide show, was a straight up route from the big jug shelf at the base of "Remember the Future" (directly up from the jug to edges and then straight up the slab using a crucial sloping right sidepull)...felt maybe V2, and a load of fun. Is this one that you guys have already done (you mention that all problems in the Library have been done, I was just checking to make sure this was one of them)? Keep up the god work Chris!

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  6. Sorry, that should be "good work" not "god work"...but knowing you, either fits:)

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  7. Thanks for the kind words, Brad! I'm glad you like the new goods! The straight up version of Remember The Future has been done. The only thing in The Library that we did not do were a couple of those tall high-ball face routes on the main tall boulder, and a super steep friction slab just to the right of And Then There Were None. See you out there soon! God Bless, Chris

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  8. Chris,
    How do we know if the ascent is a first or new route.

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  9. To all Hanging Chain Boulderers...

    Knowing if a problem has seen a FA at the Hanging Chain Boulders will be a little confusing for now. All of the new problems at the Hanging Chain Boulders will be in the 2nd edition of the Rumbling Bald Bouldering guide. As for now, the best thing to do is post what you think might be a FA here. If you can give a brief description of the boulder and the problem, then I will be able to match it up to what I know about the boulderfield thus far. I know that you might be posting something that has already been done, but I think it is the best thing we can do for now. Again, all the new FA's will be in the upcoming guide. My apologies for being less than helpful in this matter. Thanks for your time :)

    God Bless, Chris

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  10. Hey everybody! It has been a while since I have posted anything on this blog, but here is a short update. It looks like folks have been venturing out to the Hanging Chain Boulderfield this season. There is chalk on some pretty obscure boulders out there! Hope everyone is having fun working on new stuff. I will be out there taking photos and researching a lot until it gets too hot to go out there. Please, if anyone does a new problem, post it up on this blog. It would be great if I could get the first ascent information correct in the second edition coming up soon. I would very much like names and ratings of these problems so I can put them in the guide. Let me know ASAP and your problem will go in the guide.

    Thanks and great work out there everybody!

    God Bless, Chris

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    1. Has project 24d1 in The Hull Area at the Bald been finished?

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    2. Yes. There are 2 problems under the cave now. Jabba The Hut, V10, starts on the left and compresses the opposing aretes. Torque Wrench, V10, sit starts just to the right and follows finger locks and flaring cracks. Both will be included in the upcoming guide!

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